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Hoot Olive's Ocean

From Shellie Neumeier, First-time Children's Author"…The tale needed something, but I didn't know what. Using the SCBWI recommended list of editors, I found Eileen and sent her our manuscript. Her thorough and meticulous perusal found several areas that needed tweaking. When those revisions were made, the manuscript found a home and will be published February 2012." Read Testimonial

What is a Critique Anyway?

If you are a beginning writer, this is a great place to start. If you’ve had a critique before or are familiar with the process, then click on Critiques, Fees or go to the specific critique you would like and find out more.

There's lots of information for you, the children's writer, on this website. And if you have other questions or can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to email me.

A critique is an assessment of a manuscript by someone with a relevant background (writer, editor), and it focuses on what works and what doesn’t and what might be done to improve it. A critique can be as detailed as a line edit for format, clarity and grammatical structure – or it can be global and focus on overall plot, pacing, character development etc.

If you're writing for commercial publication, or for submission to a literary agent or editor, the ideal readers are found in critique groups composed of professional published authors and/or a professional editor. An experienced editor will see things you don't because you often too close to the story. They'll identify your areas of strength, but they will also help you overcome areas of weakness.

Commercial publishers have very high benchmarks when deciding whether to acquire a manuscript so peer and professional edits are the most effective way to meet a publisher's threshold.

Good luck to you and I look forward to reading your manuscript!

Eileen Robinson

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